muxagata building workshop

 

Muxagata, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, is a small village situated along the Coa River, near the Portuguese/Spanish border at the eastern end of the Douro River 120km from the city of Port, Foz Côa region, known for its wine, olive and almond, became also well known since, the late 1980s, the discovery of Paleolithic complex along the Coa Valley which comprises thousands of engraved drawings of animal, human and abstract figures, dated from 22,000 to 10,000 years BCE. In 1995, the Portuguese parliament and government canceled the planning of a hydroelectric power plant on the river and created a park for archaeological study and public visiting.

 

Started since 2008, Muxagata Workshop has been organized in collaboration with the regional government and the town of Muxagata. This workshop welcomes individual collaborators from the field of arts, architecture, archaeology and filmmaking.

The aim is to speculate a new form of local rejuvenation of the town with its post-agricultural community who seek for the continuation of its identity by avoiding tourist industry or traditional farming as its future solution.

The workshop continues with a series of accumulative interventions, in respect to their unique social/cultural sustainability, working directly with many of un-occupied buildings and leftover spaces.  Currently in progress is a conversion of the historic communal oven.

Organizers: Shin Egashira, Pedro Jervell, Mafalda Nicolau de Almeida.